In the gold medal final at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championships for Women in Xalapa, Mexico; Canada took on Cuba again for bragging rights in the region.
— Miranda Ayim (@AyimWhoAyim) September 28, 2013
Cuba continued their hot streak from their big semifinal upset against Brazil, and started the game off running, building a 15 point lead going into the half.
Canada battled back in the second half, cutting down the lead at one point to 4 points but ultimately ran out of time and was unable to catch up as Cuba maintained their steady play and defeated them 79-71. With the win, Cuba secured their first medal at this tournament since capturing the gold medal in 2005.
Tamara Tatham led all scorers with 25 points and 8 rebounds.
Miranda had her best game of the tournament; playing 26 minutes and shooting 55% from the floor for a combined 13 points. She also pulled down 6 rebounds and battled tough against Cuba’s posts in the paint.
While the team did not win the gold they had their sights set on today; the silver medal was still Canada’s best result since 1995 and the team qualified for the 2014 FIBA World Championships for Women being held in Turkey next year.
Kim Smith was the lone Canadian named to the All-Tournament Team.
Congratulations to Team Canada for a successful summer and a great run at FIBA Americas; you did Canada proud!
Next up for Miranda: going overseas…stay tuned!
Game Photos featuring Miranda: